Latinas Today

Irene Oria Named President for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

With over 18 years of experience in complex commercial business litigation in federal and state courts andarbitration tribunals with a focus in recent years on Financial Services, Insurance and Securities Litigation, including nationwide class and multi-district litigation, Irene Oria has been named president for the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Oria represents domestic and international public and private companies and individual officers and directors in contract-related and business tort disputes; international litigation and arbitration matters involving cross-border parties and issues; insurer side complex insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, including director and officer liability matters; accounting negligence and other professional negligence defense; corporate governance disputes; SEC, Florida Attorney General and other state and federal regulatory investigations; white-collar defense matters including civil and criminal RICO actions; securities fraud actions alleging violations of state and federal securities laws; employer side employment-related disputes including employment discrimination matters; litigation involving the worlds of entertainment and sports; first amendment and other constitutional litigation; product liability disputes; intellectual property disputes, particularly patent infringement actions; real estate and construction litigation matters; antitrust litigation; and False Claims Act and Qui Tam actions.

Oria routinely represents financial institutions and insurance companies in a myriad of financial and insurance fraud investigations as well as litigation and arbitration matters, particularly matters related to the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Act (FDUTPA) and the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act.

Before FisherBroyles LLP, Oria served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida (Miami).

UMPG Promotes Olga Cardona to Vice President, Administration and Marketing, Latin Music

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has promoted music industry veteran Olga Cardona to Vice President, Administration and Marketing, Latin Music. In this role, Cardona will oversee the administration and marketing in Latin America and be responsible for driving increased exposure of UMPG’s Latin songwriter roster on social channels.

Based in Miami, she will continue to report to Alexandra Lioutikoff, UMPG President for Latin America and U.S. Latin, and will work closely with the company’s Global Administration team in Nashville, as well as with UMPG’s North American and European Marketing teams.

Since joining UMPG in 2007 through the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Cardona has been responsible for the company’s Latin catalogs.

“Olga’s passion for administration is invaluable,” said Lioutikoff. “I’ve known her for a long time and her vast experience and outstanding dedication make her an integral asset to our team. I couldn’t be prouder of her achievements and look forward to her continued success.”

Cardona is a member of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; the Songwriters Hall of Fame; Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame; She Is The Music; NAFE and serves as the Vice-Chair of Membership for Women in Music’s Miami chapter.

Governor Newsom Appoints San Jose SPUR’s Teresa Alvarado to California Water Commission

Teresa Alvarado of San Jose, California has been appointed to the California Water Commission. Alvarado has been San Jose director of SPUR since 2016. She was deputy administrative officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District from 2011 to 2016 and executive director of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley from 2006 to 2009.

Alvarado held multiple positions at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, including charitable contributions program manager from 2005 to 2006 and governmental relations representative from 1999 to 2005. As a member of the California Water Commission, Alvarado will help advise the Department of Water Resources, which manages the state’s water usage. The commission also monitors the State Water Project, the nation’s largest user-financed water delivery system which serves more than 27 million people in Northern California and irrigates about 750,000 acres of farmland in the Central Valley.

She previously served on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and chaired its Environmental Justice Commissioner Working Group. She is a member of the City of San Jose’s Diridon Station Area Advisory Group and is also co-chair of the City of San Jose’s Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Four-Year Review Task Force.

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